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Four sea creatures discovered in Scottish waters

Four previously unknown sea creatures have been discovered in deep ocean waters hundreds of miles off the north west coast of Scotland. The discoveries have led to calls to put gas and oil exploration “off limits” in the area. The “incredibly unusual” finds were discovered during surveys off the...


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How fair is your smartphone?

Introducing Fairphone: the world’s first “ethical” smartphone. At first glance, it appears to be just like any other. While some reviewers have said its competitors may beat it in the technology department, when it comes to moral superiority, Fairphone wins hands down. This article originally appeared in Blue & Green...


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51% of corporations emitting unsustainable levels of CO2, study finds

A new study has found that more than half of corporations are emitting unsustainable levels of CO2 when the figures are assessed from a science perspective. Non-profit group Climate Counts analysed the greenhouse gas emissions of 100 global corporations between 2005 and 2012 to determine their performance against science-based...


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Will Day, PwC: the companies that deserve to succeed call sustainability ‘common sense’

Many who know the man will find this hard to believe but, by his own admission, Will Day describes himself as a slow learner. In fact, he claims to have only learnt two things in his impressive career. One is that contrary to popular belief, the opposite of poverty...


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Climate change deniers banned from Reddit’s science forum

The moderators of Reddit’s online science forum /r/science, which provides a space for debate between scientists and non-scientists alike, have warned that climate change deniers are to be banned from the site. The announcement follows several heated exchanges between scientists and deniers on the site, which is a subsection...


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Existing city infrastructure can be ‘reprogrammed’

To unlock the full potential of our cities and solve pressing problems, we must re-imagine the existing urban infrastructure, says Scott Burnham.  Across the world, innovative solutions to urban needs are emerging from new uses for existing structures and systems. Officials are joining hands with engineers and corporate research...


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Bad jokes aside, Bradley Wiggins’ success is a lesson for renewable energy innovation

Last week’s ‘joke’ at a children’s charity ball was not Sir Bradley Wiggins’ finest moment. But cast your minds back a year and the reason for his knighthood is quickly remembered. Just 10 days after becoming the first Brit to win the Tour de France, he won his fourth...


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Munk Debates: is climate change mankind’s defining crisis?

Climate change is mankind’s defining crisis, and demands a commensurate response. This was the motion debated in 2009 by four global warming experts, at an event in Canada run by Munk Debates. In front of an audience, each speaker was given seven minutes to set out their position on...


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Making your period home more energy efficient: a practical guide

At first it may seem like you can’t do anything to make your period home more efficient without damaging its character. But with a little thought anything is possible, says Alex Woodcraft. You don’t want to be shoving a load of solar panels onto your beautiful thatched roof or...


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New problems call for new solutions

Let’s face it, says Jonathan Foley, too many of our systems are broken, and we seem unable to fix them. An extended version of this article originally appeared on Ensia. Whether the issue is tackling climate change, building enduring food and water security, eliminating deforestation, or preserving the world’s...


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Cyber Monday: the carnival of conspicuous consumption

As we celebrate another day of consuming far more than the Earth can sustainably provide, it’s worth sparing a thought to the origin of that word: ‘cyber’. An abbreviation of the word cybernetics, it was first coined as far back as 1948, demonstrating that almost everything new and cool,...


The Guide to Sustainable Spending 2013

Introducing: The Guide to Sustainable Spending 2013

What if we could continue to live comfortable lives and buy interesting and exciting products without damaging something or someone somewhere along the value chain? What if the ethical, sustainable or responsible were the default options? Covering the five pillars of consumer spending – food and drink, fashion, household,...


The Guide to Sustainable Spending 2013

The Guide to Sustainable Spending 2013

What if we could continue to live comfortable lives and buy interesting and exciting products without damaging something or someone somewhere along the value chain? What if the ethical, sustainable or responsible were the default options? Covering the five pillars of consumer spending – food and drink, fashion, household,...


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Solar PV market increasingly focused on energy savings

The solar photovoltaics (PV) industry is increasingly evolving from an investor’s market to an energy savings market, according to the PV Parity Project. PV is a method of generating electrical power by converting solar radiation into direct current electricity. The PV Parity Project aims to contribute to furthering the...


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Our future cities will have to be smarter and more resilient

Against a backdrop of urbanisation and increasing environmental and social threats, Miles Davey, co-founder and director of Lewis Davey, writes about the future evolution of our cities. Our future cities are going to look a lot different than those we live in today. For starters, you will need to...



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